Saturday, 17 September 2016

Princess Madeleine in New York

Princess Madeleine of Sweden at the United Nations in New York on September 16th 2016
(photo Princess Madeleine Facebook)

Princess Madeleine of Sweden has been back to the city she used to call home for a cause very close to her heart. The princess has been in New York for a high level meeting on children's rights followed by a gala in support of the foundation set up by her mum to protect young people around the world. It's been big issues in the Big Apple for Madeleine.

The sixth in line to the Swedish throne began September 16th 2016 at the United Nations in New York where she and other delegates worked towards making the Sustainable Development Goals for the global benefit of children a reality.  Alongside the Swedish ambassador to the UN, Olof Skoog, she took part in the meeting which involved the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi and actor Forest Whittaker. Princess Madeleine has been a high profile advocate for children's rights for several years now.

In the evening, Madeleine headed to Cipriani on 42nd Street for the World Childhood Foundation Childhood USA 2016 ThankYou Gala.

It was a black tie event with plenty of glitter as stars joined the princess at a celebration of the work done by the foundation and those involved with it in the United States.

The World Childhood Foundation was set up in 1999 by Queen Silvia of Sweden to help children who are the victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. Since then the organisation has helped almost 1000 projects with funding of almost $80 million. In 2015, it developed closer links with the United Nations. Madeleine herself helped found the ThankYou by Childhood campaign to raise awareness of the same issue in 2012.

Madeleine's presence ensured that this gala got plenty of attention with the royal seal of approval adding the final touch to an event designed to raise awareness of a major issue even further. New York is a home from home for Madeleine, who lived there in the early years of her marriage and gave birth to her first child there.

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